Is The Western Digital MyBook Drive For You?
With the new Terabyte hard drives coming in the markets soon the prices for 500GB hard drives has dropped substantially in the last few months. Due to this you can get a 500 GB external hard drive for around $200, this is quite cheap and worth investing in for that much space. However price is not the factor to consider when you are purchasing an external hard disk. You will want to look at the physical size, space, capacity, reliability and speed.
The Western Digital MyBook is one of the hard drives which meet some of the factors mentioned above especially reliability. Western Digital is one of the most recommended and highly regarded brands when purchasing a hard disk. Along with that they have value for money products. The MyBook is one the most popular external hardisk because it is quite small with a sleek and pleasing design. With the Mybook you get a small portable hard drive with quite sufficient space ( I am using a 500Gb hard disk ). However MyBook’s performance was a little disappointing and not up to the mark or level expected.
The MyBook 500 GB version will meet your space requirements but its transfer speed or writing times are not impressive and if speed is your main requirement then this hard drive is not suited for you. The reading times are good but when it comes to writing data (with a USB 2.0) it takes quite a lot of time. Using a FireWire post also does not help and the speed pretty much remains the same. However for many people this might not be a issue especially the home user who store media files etc. For example I leave my data transferring over night so it is not much of a hassle for me.
The physical design of the hard disk is quite impressive. The MyBook is designed literally to look like a book. One of MyBook’s unique features is that it has a circular blue Led light that indicates how much space is left on the drive. The hard drive also has a button in the front that can be used to activate the back up software included/bundled in the drive. However the drive does not have a power button so if you need to shut it down you need to take out the power cord. The drive is automatically activated when you plug the USB thus there is no need for a power button but some people still prefer one.
A major yet fixable flaw is that the hard drive some times goes to sleep if it decides that no activity is taking place and it can some times occur during use. This can lead to your downloads being lost or leading files to be corrupted. This feature can be turned off but it is quite a hassle and does require know-how of hard drives. The MyBook also comes formatted in FAT file system which is quite a turn off for a lot of people even I prefer the NTFS and thus had to reformat it which took quite a while.
The MyBook comes in a various sizes. Staring from 160GB to 250GB, 320GB, 400 GB and of course the 500GB.The 400 GB and 500GB drives have 16MBcache and the other drives have an 8MB cache. The MyBook is approximately 6.8 X 5.6 X 2.2 inches and weighs a bit over 2 pounds. The MyBook is compatible with Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP or Mac OS X 10.2.8+.
To put in a nutshell it is a quite impressive hard drive keeping the price bracket in mind and can be trusted since it is a Western Digital. The disadvantages are the slow write times and the lack of options. But I will recommend this as one of the best external hard drives and for people with a lot of data this is extremely recommended.